The Road to Vagus

Kelly Owens
From Inflamed to Electric: My Journey with Crohn's, Arthritis, and Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Created 13 Aug 2021
  • Chapter Eighteen
    28 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Next Sunday’s the last chapter! Register for The Road to Vagus Wrap Zoom-Party by clicking here. Dear Dr. Tracey, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank you for saving my life. When I was 13, I was ...
  • Chapter Seventeen
    21 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Moore’s Law: In 1965, Gordon Moore saw that the number of transistors that could fit on a microchip doubled every two years. In simpler, non-microchip terms, imagine that it looks like this: 2 + 2 = 4...
  • Chapter Sixteen
    14 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Bioelectronic Medicine: Bioelectronic medicine represents a convergence of molecular medicine, neuroscience, and bioengineering. Its central idea is that injury and illness can be treated by carefully...
  • Chapter Fifteen
    07 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Part Two “Well there's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm Gonna be a twister to blow everything down That ain't got the faith to stand i...
  • Chapter Fourteen
    31 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Biologics: A class of drugs that are made by extracting substances from a biological source to treat disease. Immunosuppression: Using pharmaceuticals such as biologics or DMARDs – disease-modifying a...
  • Chapters Twelve + Thirteen
    24 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Cholinergic: Accelerating the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Anticholinergic: Inhibiting the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and the impulses of the parasympathetic...
  • Chapter Eleven
    17 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Neurons: A cell that is transmitting information using neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters: A chemical released at the end of a nerve, telling the immune system how to behave via the information it d...
  • Chapter Ten
    10 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Efferent: 10% to 20% of the vagus nerve's fibers are efferent, delivering information from the brain to the organs. Afferent: 80% to 90% of the vagus nerve's fibers are afferent, delivering informatio...
  • Chapters Eight and Nine
    03 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis: the HPA Axis is made up of three components: the hypothalamus (in the brain), the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland. Hypothalamus: the part of the brain near ...
  • Chapter Seven
    26 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hormones: produced in the endocrine system and influenced by the state of the brain, they deliver messages to the immune system to coordinate activity. Cortisol: a steroid hormone that regulates the i...
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